THE first phase of over 60 new homes have been launched by our Chair, Ursula Heelis, the Mayoress of Chelmsford, Councillor Patricia Hughes, and the MP for Uttlesford, Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst, at the Channels development in Chelmsford.
Due to completed by June 2017, the 63 properties in Mashie Link, Fairway Drive and Brassie Wood - will provide 22 two-bedroom houses; 11 three-bedroom houses; eight one-bedroom apartments; one two-bedroom apartment for affordable rent and 21 two-bedroom houses for shared ownership.
Working with developers Bellway Homes, the homes have all been built to meet the Secure by Design and Code for Sustainable Homes standards and a number of properties feature private gardens and off-street parking for two cars.
All of the homes - which are all built on the site of the former Channels golf course - are located near Chelmsford’s bustling city centre and have close transport links to the A12, the A130 and the city’s railway station.
Speaking at the launch event local resident Michelle Cranch, who attended with her son Elliot, said: “Personally I really love living here as the house is absolutely beautiful. I was on the homeless register for two years so to have a house like this to bring my son up in is truly fantastic. I feel very lucky to have received a home like this.”
“For young people this is an important development as it allows them to get on the housing ladder while also helping to provide more much-needed homes for the area,” commented Ursula Heelis.
Chelmsford Mayoress, Councillor Patricia Hughes, said: “This is a significantly sized residential development, with the first phase offering 35% of it as affordable housing, which brings into fruition many years of collaboration between partnering organisations and is testament to all of the hard work for those involved.”
MP Sir Alan Haselhurst added: “There is a real need for more housing throughout the county as the average cost of a house is higher than the national average wage. Obviously I’m pleased to see this development as it is an important contribution to the area to help housing need and I’m sure it will be a pleasure to live here.”